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Baseball Splits on Final Day of Caravelle Resort Invitational

Baseball Splits on Final Day of Caravelle Resort Invitational

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CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University baseball team (3-1) earned a split on the final day of the Caravelle Resort Tournament Feb. 22 in Conway, S.C. The 22nd-ranked Chanticleers defeated 19th-ranked Kentucky (2-2) 14-5 in game one, but fell to James Madison (1-3) 8-6 in the nightcap.   The story of game one was the stellar pitching of sophomore Cody Wheeler (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) and the four Chanticleer home runs off Wildcat pitching. Wheeler threw six innings, striking out six and giving up four hits and a run while allowing no walks. Wheeler got a cushion early as senior David Anderson (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) singled home sophomore Rico Noel (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) in the first to make it 1-0. Redshirt junior Chance Gilmore (Surfside Beach, S.C./Virginia) then made it 3-0 with a two-run home run to right center field.   Kentucky cut the lead to 3-1 on a home run from Braden Kapteyn, but the Chants would answer in a big way in the bottom of the frame. With one out, senior Tyler Bortnick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) reached on a fielding error from Chris Rusin. He moved to second as sophomore Scott Woodward (Markle, Ind./Norwell) was hit by a pitch. Noel loaded the bases with a bunt single and Anderson’s bloop single brought in a run. Rusin was relieved by Matt Kaczmarek, who immediately gave up a double to junior Jose Iglesias (Miami, Fla./St. John’s). Junior Adam Rice (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Elgin C.C.) then brought in a pair with a single, making it 8-1 Chants. Freshman Dan Bowman (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) and Bortnick then hit back-to-back home runs, scoring four runs in the process and making it 12-1 after five.   Anderson hit a one-out home run in the sixth and freshman Tommy Winegardner (St. Leonard’s, Md./Riverdale Baptist) scored on a single by classmate Taylor Motter (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Palm Beach Gardens) to push the lead to 14-1. Kentucky would add four runs in the final three innings, including a two-run home run for Gunner Glad in the ninth.   Anderson and Bowman drove in three runs apiece, with Anderson going 3-of-4 on the game. Gilmore, Rice and Noel had two hits apiece. For Kentucky, Keenan Wiley had two hits, while Glad drove in a pair of runs. Rusin took the loss for the Wildcats, allowing five runs and six hits in 4.1 innings.   James Madison opened the nightcap by plating two runs in the first as Matt Browning’s single scored Trevor Knight and Alex Foltz. The Chanticleers answered with a run in the second on a Motter single that scored Rice. The Dukes’ David Herbek got that run back by homering off senior Bobby Gagg (Hamburg, N.J./Wallking) in the third inning. Matt Townsend then made it 4-1 with a home run to left.   The Dukes scored four runs in the fifth. Mike Fabiaschi led off the inning with an infield single. Foltz then walked and Herbek brought in a run in a double to left. Redshirt freshman Keith Hessler (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) came in and gave up an RBI single from Trevor Knight.  Hessler induced McKinnon Langston into a double play, but Knight would score on a wild pitch, making it 8-1 in the middle of the fifth.   Coastal Carolina fought its way back into the game in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Woodward walked and stole second. After Anderson walked, Iglesias hit a towering three-run home run off Turner Phelps, cutting the deficit to 8-4. Coastal Carolina scored two more in the seventh. Motter and redshirt freshman Rich Witten (Danville, Ky./Danville) walked. Bortnick tried to move both runners over, but Langston’s throw was wild, scoring a run. Pinch runner Steve Davis (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville) was thrown out trying to score behind Motter. Woodward then brought in a run with a single up the middle, making it 8-6 JMU. Kevin Munson came on for the Dukes and got Noel to fly out, but walked Anderson. Iglesias hit a grounder in the hole for a single, but Woodward was thrown out by Herbek at the plate, keeping the game at 8-6. Coastal Carolina got Bortnick on second in the ninth, but could not do more damage, dropping its first game of the season.   Phelps earned the win for JMU, striking out nine in 6.1 innings. He gave up five hits and five earned runs. Munson earned the save, striking out two in 2.2 innings. The loss fell to Gagg, who gave up seven runs in four-plus innings. He allowed six hits and struck out a batter.   Iglesias and Gilmore had two hits apiece, while Iglesias drove in three runs. Herbeck and Knight had two hits apiece for James Madison.   Coastal Carolina travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face top-ranked North Carolina Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m.